Midmar Mile by the numbers

2016-01-13 06:00

THE 2016 Midmar Mile will be swum over the Valentine’s weekend of 13 and 14 February.

To get you in the mood for the world’s largest open water swimming event, here’s a look at the event by the numbers:

1: the number of people who have swum in all 42 previous Midmar Miles. That honour belongs to event founder Mike “Buthy” Arbuthnot.

5: the record number of consecutive wins by Wayne Riddin in the Graeme Pope-Ellis Iron Man Triathlon, for combined performances in the Midmar Mile, Dusi Canoe Marathon and Comrades Marathon, from 1990 to 1994. Also the age of Guy Cooke, the youngest ever finisher, when he completed the race in 2005.

6: the number of successive wins by defending champion Chad Ho, the most by a male swimmer in the open category. Also the number of successive victories, a record, by South Africa’s Natasha Panzera (nee Figge) in the women’s open race from 1990 to 1995.

7: the number of successive wins recorded by Diane Foster in the women’s 31-40 age group, from 1986 to 1992, and the number of successive victories by Rita Townsend in the women’s 41-50 age category from 1998-2004.

8: the record number of women’s victories recorded by Keri-anne Payne. South African-born, the British star also won the girls’ 13-and-under title in 2001.

9: the number of successive wins by Russell Dyer in the Graeme Pope-Ellis Ironman Biathlon competition, from 1995 to 2003.

14: the number of different age groups, men and women, which are included in the Midmar Mile.

16: the number of miles Terence Parkin swam in 2010, from start to finish and finish to start, to raise funds for the Saint Vincent School for the Deaf. There are plans in place for more people to swim 16 miles this year to raise money for charity.

17:04: the fastest time recorded in the Midmar Mile by the event’s most successful swimmer ever, Chad Ho, who claimed his sixth title in 2015 in record-setting fashion.

17:35: the time swum by Keri-anne Payne in 2015, which was also the fastest ever by a woman in the Midmar Mile.

18:13: Pat Butcher’s winning time in 1980, which was faster than the men’s winner that year.

23:04: Paul Fryer’s winning time in 1993 in the longest ever Midmar Mile, which was swum on an L-shaped course that was 200 metres longer due to low water levels.

25: the number of years event director Wayne Riddin has organised the Midmar Mile.

41: the number of Midmar Miles swum by Gail Bristow, the only woman in the history of the event to swim and complete the event in all the years it has been open to women.

89: the age of Colin Cable when he set the record for the oldest male finisher in 1999.

92: the age at which Lorna Cochran became the oldest ever finisher in 2015.

153: the number of entrants for the first Midmar Mile in 1974.

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